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    February 7, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

    Joyce and Gary, just wanted to say how very sorry we are to hear about Ray. He was a very special person. Our love and prayers are with you and the family. If there is anything we can do to help you in any way we are just a phone call away. I hope you know how special your family is to us, Joyce you have been more like a sister to me than a friend and I hope you know how much I love and appreciate your friendship. Our family friendship goes back a long ways.


  2. David and Carrie Thompson
    February 7, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

    Ray was our high school classmate and good friend. Our class will miss him a great deal as he always attended our reunions and visited with all of us. Gary and Joyce, our sympathy is with you both and all the rest of Ray’s family. So sad to lose him.


  3. Jerry Martin
    February 8, 2013 @ 7:34 am

    Ray & I are were classmates in high school. I last saw & spend time with Ray at the class of 1960 50th class reunion in West Plains and we had a great time at the reunion. We will all miss Ray & his gentle demeanor He was & is one of the good guys.


  4. Robert Gaertner
    February 8, 2013 @ 8:17 am


    I am sorry to hear about your father Ray. When I think of Ray I remember all of the good times you and I had growing up in Houston. I’ll always remember Ray as a kind and caring man who loved his family and loved spending his time coaching little league. Your father was a great man and will be missed. Know that I am here for you and your family. If you need anything at all, please feel free to call me anytime.

    Robert Gaertner


  5. R Brown
    February 8, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    I am sorry to hear of your loss. Please find comfort in the promise at Revelation 21:4 that reads; “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more. Neither will mourning, outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things has passed away.”


  6. Ruby (Sanders) Roberson
    February 8, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    So very sorry to learn of Ray’s passing. I graduated with Ray and saw him at the 60th reunion. We will miss him.


  7. Sharon (Mc Greer) Gaston
    February 8, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. He was so kind to me when I moved to WPHS from Willow Springs. Kindness was a trait he kept throughout his life. This is a loss for the class of 1960. I believe all that knew him and loved him will miss this special man. My prayers are with the family, but I know God will be with all of you and give you the strength that Ray shared with you.


  8. Laura Rosenthal
    February 8, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    Over the past four years, Ray and I shared memories of high school and time spent in Missouri. These conversations followed him from Houston to the James River Care Center. I feel the loss of a good friend and classmate. Spencer, to you and the rest of his family, I extend my deepest sympathy for the loss of such a good man. He will be missed by many.


  9. Saundra Whitsell DeLarm
    February 9, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Ray. I always enjoyed visiting with him at the class of 1960 reunions. I know your good memories will keep him with you forever.


  10. Mike and Linda Duggan
    February 9, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

    We are saddened to hear of Ray’s passing and want to express our condolences to the family of such a fine man. Ray was classmate of ours and our memories go back to WPHS & basketball courts – he was a great Zizzer player – and also to his enlistment into the Navy with Mike. We were glad to see Ray in 2010 and enjoyed our time with him at our class reunion. His life was a blessing to many.


  11. Joe Tom Collins
    February 10, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    Joyce and Gary and to the rest of Ray’s Family, I’m so sad of Ray’s passing, He was a very dear Friend, Who everyone liked and admired, He was one of the kindest hear ted mild mannered, Person that I ever knew, He always had the little smile that made Everyone feel comfortable around Him, but when it came to basketball He was a true Zizzer, He gave Coach Jim Peters and His Team % 100 all the time, it was a pleasure to have been called a Teamate and a Friend to Ray, I’m so sorry I could not attend Rays Service, but My heart and spirit was there with all of You, I was looking forward to being with Ray the next several years talking about basketball, We both loved basketball, and had plenty to talk about, Dolores and Me really appreciated the way He took care of Us when We were in MD Anderson Hospital there in Houston, He made our stay a lot easier, at the time the Doctors thought I had bad cancer, thank
    the good Lord I didn’t, but Ray prayed for Me, We will never forget how great He treated Us!! There is a New Angel looking down on Us now.


  12. Jonell Raborn
    June 27, 2020 @ 12:35 am

    Ray, I’m talking to you. I am so impressed, but not surprised, by all of the tributes. They are all expressing the man who I saw.


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